Valentine’s Day Fun!

Here is some fun stuff I found for the classroom to help make your Valentine’s Day a little sweeter.

Heart-shaped mini chalkboards. Found them at the $1 Spot at Target.  Love.

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Clearance Christmas wrapping paper at Bath &  Body Works that could (should) be used as Valentine’s Day wrap! The snowflakes are made out of hearts.  $0.75 a roll.  Get some while you can and wrap your classroom door or use it for crafts!

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And here is me and my sweet valentine (one of them).  She’s got cheeks for days and I LOVE them.

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“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”

(Ephesians 4:2)

Lots of V Day Love,

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Valentine Fluency Passage, Comprehension Questions, Color by Sight Word *Giveaway!*

I recently started working on a Kindergarten fluency and comprehension reading intervention packet and here is a little snapshot.

Valentine 3 Day Fluency/Comprehension Reading Intervention

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This is an original fluency passage I wrote, two comprehension activities and a color by sight word coloring page to accompany the text. This package includes a teacher copy that you can print in color and reuse. It also includes a black and white copy that you can print off for each student and record their scores on it.

Flesch Kincaid Readability Grade Level: 0.0

*How to Use*
This was designed to use as a reading intervention using the hot, warm and cold read strategy. It would look something like this:

Day 1: Cold read, discussion, color by sight word coloring page (Lower levels of Blooms Taxonomy including Remembering and Understanding)
Day 2: Warm read, discussion, first page of comprehension questions (Middle levels of Blooms Taxonomy including Applying and Analyzing)
Day 3: Hot read, discussion, second comprehension extension activity (Highest levels of Blooms Taxonomy including Evaluating and Creating).

You can use my fluency progress monitoring graph available for free in my store to track students’ fluency progress with this passage if appropriate for your group.

If you’ll like my Facebook Page, there is a Valentine giveaway going on now!  Check it out,  Offer ends 2/14/14 at 10pm.

Some Divine Intervention on Facebook

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With teacher love,

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Here Is My Heart {Worship Wednesday}

Christian Teacher Bloggers unite for a Worship Wednesday Linky Party hosted by Adventures of a School Marm.

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Isn’t that a beautiful picture?

Ok, here is my story and what moved me this week.

I was driving my husband’s car and not too happy about it. My car is always warm in the garage.  My husband happened to have a old Christian mix CD playing.  I had made it in the summer of 2013.  It was a mix of old and new Christian songs, all of which were special to me.  I was clicking through the songs when I came upon one that made me stop.  It was the song that was playing the moment that I decided to accept Jesus Christ as my Savior and change my life.

The year was 2000.  I was sixteen years old and was the victim of a broken heart.  My college boyfriend (should’ve known better) had cheated on me with numerous other girls and everyone and their moms already knew about it.  I was the last to find out and I was devastated, humiliated and felt completely alone.

Through a teary blur, I sped over to my BFF’s house, a Christian and the only person in my life who had never let me down.  I let myself in, walked about 10 steps into her bedroom, and fell to my knees.  I cried as the music played, and my BFF and her sister (whom I also love) laid their hands on me and encouraged me to give it to God.

And that is what I did.

That was moment I decided to live for God.  I knew that God loved me so much more than any boy ever could.  And I could feel it all around me.  I decided to follow God.  To read his Word.  To make Him proud.  To not care what anyone thought, except Him.

And my life was saved.

The song that was playing?

Here Is My Heart

By: Out of Eden

“Dear Lord, are You there, listening to my little prayer?
I don’t know exactly what to say
I’ve been told that You love me, hear me when I call would help me when
If I fall, I should let You have Your way

What I guess I’m trying to say, is I need You in my life
‘Cause I know I’m tired of living in the past
I would like to take a chance on a change down deep inside
I believe that this is one that’s gonna last, so, here is

Here’s my heart, it’s been broken, it’s been wounded
But I’ll give it all to You if You would love me, love me
Here’s my life, if You want it, You can have it
I will give it all to You because You love me
Your love is everything I need

Dear child, I’m right here, through your worries, through your fears
I’ve been waiting, for you to call my name
Oh, you know, that I hear you, if you turn to me and trust, my word is true
You will never be the same

Well, I’m standing here to say, that you need me in your life
‘Cause I know that you can’t make it on your own, on your own
If you would take a chance, let me change you deep inside
I promise you will never be alone, so, here is

Here’s my heart, it’s been broken, it’s been wounded
But I’ll give it all to You if You would love me, love me
Here’s my life, if You want it, You can have it
I will give it all to You because You love me
Your love is everything I need

You can turn to me and know that I am always standing by
I gave it all for you, so you could have this gentle peace inside
I will follow you ’cause I believe in everything You are
I am your Father, You are my Savior and in the matters of the heart
I am taking Yours and You are taking mine

Here’s my heart, it’s been broken, it’s been wounded
But I’ll give it all to You if You would love me, love me
Here’s my life, if You want it, You can have it
I will give it all to You because You love me
Your love is everything I need

Here’s my heart, it’s been broken, it’s been wounded
But I’ll give it all to You if You would love me, love me
Here’s my life, if You want it, You can have it
I will give it all to You because You love me
Your love is everything I need”

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Isn’t that amazing that that was the song that God used to change and save my life?

And when I heard it in my husband’s car this week, I was moved to tears again.

Thank you God for that song.  For my BFF.  For my ex-boyfriend who broke my heart.

For the opportunity to take my husband’s car.

For who You are.

For loving me.

If you want to hear the song, here is the link.

Here Is My Heart: Out of Eden

Love,

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Special Education February Blog Hop Calendar

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{February Blog Hop Clickable Calendar}

A special offer is available from each blogger on their assigned date only! So make sure you check back every day to visit each blog and receive your sweet treat!

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“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

(1 John 3:16-18)

Special Education Teachers Blog Hop coming soon!

I’ve teamed up with some fabulous special education bloggers to give you a special treat that lasts throughout the whole month of February!  Each blogger has an assigned day, and the treat for the day is the bloggers choice!  It might be a freebie, a paid item from their store free on that day only, a giveaway, or a tip….or all of the above!!!!

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The calendar will be posted at the top of my blog throughout the month of February with clickable links to each participating blog!

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“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”

(Romans 12:9)

Valentine’s Day Editable Conversation Heart Flashcards *Freebie*

This word document contains two pages of editable conversation heart flashcards.  You can use this template in many different ways including flashcards for sight words, cvc words, letters and sounds, vocabulary, word families, idioms, similes, etc.  You could also use them for math facts. The possibilities are endless!  I hope you can use this with your students and I hope you love it!

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Happy Valentine’s Day teachers!
❤  Courtney

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.”

(1 Corinthians 13: 4-7)